I don’t usually post so frequently in a week, but I wanted to post about this layout, since I made it for the weekly challenge on Shimelle’s blog.
When I was finishing the last layout I made and putting away the supplies I’d used from the Studio Calico “Mind the Gap” kit, I came across the last full sheet of patterned paper. Until this point, I had thought it was pretty, but I was sort of lost as to how I would use it, since it came pre-printed with the effect of layers. Since I generally use lots of photos and make my own layers (if I have them), it seemed completely outside of my style. (And really, if I’m being honest, this whole kit has been a challenge to use…) However, this photo came to mind– it was in my stories-to-scrapbook album near the other photos I’d used recently. A single photo (a selfie!), with complimentary colors to the “impossible” paper. Perfect!
I decided to try to not think too hard and just layer other papers from the kit to add to the layered effect already in the full sheet that I’d use as a background. I added some stamping (with the kit stamp) to imitate some stamping I’d seen Shimelle do in the second video of her “Return to the Collection” class.
And that “So Sweet” die cut! I never thought I would use it… Not only is it huge (for my embellishment style), but it has a sentiment that I didn’t imagine I would ever use on a page… but as I pulled out papers to layer behind the photo, it fell out of the kit bag– and it fit perfectly at the corner. The sentiment worked perfectly, because it was “sweet” as in ice cream. (Yum)
So the weekly challenge was to scrapbook with hearts. Really, I should have swapped the order of these last two layouts I’ve made, because I used hearts in the last one because it was about a date night, and this one features the selfie photo! However, the challenge was the perfect inspiration for what I should use to embellish the layout. Since I’m so close to the end of the kit, I’m essentially out of embellishments. I added some circles to repeat the shape of the huge die-cut, and then I added hearts, inspired by the challenge, because boy, oh boy, did we love the ice cream at this little place! The hearts are small, but if you look for them, you’ll find them!
There is one little pink heart up near the top of the page– it looks random, but it’s actually there to cover up an upside-down “5” that was printed on the background patterned paper. Even though I realized later that there were five of us in the photo, I found the numeral to be really distracting. The heart tones it down a little 🙂